Water resources conservation group formed at KPI Lungphou village
IMPHAL | Sep 16
The second Water Resources Conservation Group, WRCG, a last mile policy execution group formed by residents of villages covered by the German, KfW Development Bank for regeneration of soil health and water retention capacity to ensure perennial flow of water in Manipur’s major river systems, was constituted at Lungphou village in the upper reaches of the Imphal River watershed in the Kangpokpi district, yesterday afternoon.
The first was formed at Konshakhul village on the Singda watershed earlier this year.
Yesterday’s function was chaired by PCCF Manipur Forest department, Ng. Kipgen, who is also project director of the KfW initiative. Others present were the chief technical advisor of the GFA (a German consultancy group engaged by the KfW), Manohar Shrestha, the assistant chief technical advisor, Hrishikesh Konthoujam, and consultant, Pradip Phanjoubam.
The Manipur component of the KfW project is part of a bigger plan of greening the Eastern Himalayas of which Manipur is a part. The project has a multi-layered approach to its goal. It will be a village driven project with technical help from the Manipur Forest department and consultancy provided by the GFA. It aims, among others, is to benefit the project villages directly through entry level livelihoods enhancement activities, but in a much bigger way by regenerating soil health in their villages.
This benefit is also calculated to cascade down to benefit everyone else settled along the river basins and ultimately become part of the global fight against climate change, keeping in line with the well-known slogan of the world environment campaign: ‘Think Global, Act Local.’
A major portion of the project’s fund came from the KfW as soft loan to the Government of India. In the Manipur sector, this fund is channelled to the Government of Manipur and then to the Manipur Forest department which is the implementing agency. The latter then works in consultation with the GFA and assists in the formation of WRCGs in the project villages, which will carry out the last mile works of regreening the hillsides that their villages are perched on.
In Manipur as the first phase, the watersheds chosen are the Shirui hillside which feeds the Thoubal River, the Koubru hillsides which feeds the Imphal River and the Kounu/Singda Hillsides which feeds the Nambul river.
Project preparation has been on for several months and actual implementation work will soon be flagged off at three villages on each of these watersheds. They are Shirui, Langdang and Choithar villages on the Shirui watershed; Changoubung, Maohing and Lungphou on the Koubru wtershed; and Konsakhul, Kharam Vaiphei and Ireng Naga on the Singda watershed.
In the next seven years, 50 villages on these three watersheds are aimed to be brought under the project coverage. In later stages, more watersheds may also come under the project.
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